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    James Clayton out on parole in AZ?

    James Clayton, nortorious bike thief, may now be out on parole in Maricopa County, Arizona, after serving time in a Texas prison.
    Background in Texas:
    Police say James Clayton befriended – then ripped off – many Austin bicyclists
    Bike Thief Draws Four-Year Sentence

    I understand that he ran the same scam in Arizona prior to coming to Austin, TX. This guy is a classic sociopath, so remember his face (mug shot is on his "facebook" page below and in the first article above) and lock up your bikes!

    Clayton, James R
    DOB: 02/19/1967
    Inmate # 266082
    James Clayton shows up in a search of the Arizona Department of Corrections inmate locator.
    Looks like he was processed through their system and is out on parole. Check out his AZ Dept. of Corrections "facebook" page.

    As of 9/28/2011 his status is "community supervision"

    Release Type: Administrative
    For inmates with a date of offense on/after January 1, 1994, a term of community supervision imposed by the committing court which shall be served consecutively to the actual period of imprisonment. Upon release on the Earned Release Credit Date or Sentence Expiration Date, the inmate shall serve approximately 15% of the imposed sentence under supervision. Inmates with concurrent sentences shall serve the longest community supervision term imposed. Inmates with consecutive sentences shall serve each community supervision term imposed consecutively upon release from ADC custody.
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    Thanks for the heads up.

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    Don't worry Karma is a biotch.
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    For those of you who followed the James Clayton saga, he has died of natural causes (probably some form of cardiac arrest) on Christmas Eve. The reporter who originally covered the story here in Austin, TX confirmed that a James Clayton, age 44, died on Dec. 24th in Maricopa County, AZ.
    RIP, James.

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    Thanks for the update June. I have some weird feelings going on inside right now. I have read about this guy in the past. Before I read your update, I had clicked in on the mug shot. In my mind I was thinking something like "Ok...this guy looks pretty smooth...we need to setup some kind of controlled "sting" operation to test how well he was rehabilitated."

    Then I scroll down to find out he died.

    So now I'm feeling a little awkward inside and I suppose I should say RIP and give him the benefit of doubt.

    (but I can't stop thinking about setting up that sting.....)

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    Interesting to see the post from October, directly above the post reporting his death...
    Ride more; post less...

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    I hope he made his peace before he went. Obviously a scumbag on some level, I prefer to have some faith that he was on the right track after this (his 3rd conviction?).


    Yep, mixed feelings here too. He really ****ed up the Austin race scene for a bit there.

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    People are born, they live, and they die. It's how you live your life that determines how or even if you will be remembered. James Clayton will be remembered by many as Inmate # 266082....a bicycle thief.
    Last edited by Centurion_; 12-30-2011 at 08:59 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CharacterZero View Post
    I hope he made his peace before he went. Obviously a scumbag on some level, I prefer to have some faith that he was on the right track after this (his 3rd conviction?).
    Wow, that's a sh|tload of faith.

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    Sucks to be judged by people you dont even know

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    Sucks even more to be a scumbag thief warranting people's judgement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by big0mike View Post
    Sucks even more to be a scumbag thief warranting people's judgement.
    He obviously suffered, so quick to judge before walking in his shoes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buggy View Post
    He obviously suffered
    Not sure how you came to the conclusion he suffered but I certainly hope he did. Although it was certainly not enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by big0mike View Post
    Not sure how you came to the conclusion he suffered but I certainly hope he did. Although it was certainly not enough.
    Been waiting all day for Mike to respond. Didn't disappoint.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Casual Observer View Post
    Been waiting all day for Mike to respond. Didn't disappoint.
    While few enjoy Mike's entertaining posts more than I, waiting all day, in these riding conditions? Dude, you're like what maybe 2 minutes from some great trails? Ride, my friend, ride like the wind! Free thine self!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buggy View Post
    He obviously suffered, so quick to judge before walking in his shoes.
    Mike ain;t judging sheeit. Our criminal justice system allready did that. At least 3 times that we know of. And...what. You think he only stole 3 times? Wanna buy a bridge?

    And yes Big Mike. Go out and ride and fee thyself and all of that. Just remember....never let your bike out of your sight when it's out of your locked garage. (And even then it ain't completely safe). There are others, many as yet unconvicted, who would love to sell your bike for drug money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by big0mike View Post
    Not sure how you came to the conclusion he suffered but I certainly hope he did. Although it was certainly not enough.
    Convicted multiple times.....Time spent in jail.....heart attack at such a young age....prolly due to drugs and alcohol.....is suffering to me bro.

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    I just hope Mr. Clayton was rehabilitated, and can look back on his life and understand the comments posted here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DesertCrawler View Post
    While few enjoy Mike's entertaining posts more than I, waiting all day, in these riding conditions? Dude, you're like what maybe 2 minutes from some great trails? Ride, my friend, ride like the wind! Free thine self!
    Just got back from breaking wind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Casual Observer View Post
    Just got back from breaking wind.
    Awesome. Great day for it! I rode yesterday and won't get to ride again until Monday.

    Are we off topic? Golly. Sorry folks, please, return to your whatever it was you were doing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Centurion_ View Post
    People are born, they live, and they die. It's how you live your life that determines how or even if you will be remembered. James Clayton will be remembered by many as Inmate # 266082....a bicycle thief.
    Unless you personally knew the guy, all you know is a little about what is probably the worst thing he did in his life. I'd be confident the guy probably did lots of good things during his life, and was loved dearly by many people.

    It amazes me that so many people are willing to judge someone based on the worst thing they ever did while completely ignoring the fact that the person did lots of good things also.

    And for God's sake, the guy was stealing bikes. Sure, it's an ******* thing to do... but to wish he died a painful death... to wish he suffered? The guy went to prison for 4 years, he paid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alleygrinder View Post
    Unless you personally knew the guy, all you know is a little about what is probably the worst thing he did in his life. I'd be confident the guy probably did lots of good things during his life, and was loved dearly by many people.

    It amazes me that so many people are willing to judge someone based on the worst thing they ever did while completely ignoring the fact that the person did lots of good things also.

    And for God's sake, the guy was stealing bikes. Sure, it's an ******* thing to do... but to wish he died a painful death... to wish he suffered? The guy went to prison for 4 years, he paid.
    Ever had your bike stolen?

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    Funny. When a thief is alive, he's an a hole. A "classic sociopath."

    Then...when he dies, all of a sudden he was "a good man until he stole a bike"..."he prolly suffered a lot"..."what if he has a kid out there who maybe someday will get on the internet and read all this stuff..."
    All of a sudden now that he's dead he is deserving of an attitude none of you had for him when he was alive?

    We all are going to die. It won't make us any better than we were when we were alive. The guy was a bicycle thief. Now he is a dead bicycle thief. Not my judgement....the judgment of the courts. If he changed his life around well...good for him.

    As for the gospel of the silver slug well.....The Gospel I'm acquainted with is that ALL men are sinners. Every one of us. Living a good life is cool. It's what we are called to do. But even the very best of us...including all Christians...are sinners.

    According to the Gospel, our salvation is through Jesus Christ. That's true for Charles Manson, for Ghandi, for you and for me. And it is equally true for bicycle thief..

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    Quote Originally Posted by motochick View Post
    Ever had your bike stolen?
    Nobody deserves to die because they stole a bike. There, I said it.

    (And yes, I've had two bikes stolen. I've wanted to "kill" both the MFers who did it. Did they deserve to be punished? Yep. Die? Nope.)
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    Only...he didn't die because he stole a bike(s). Nobody killed him because he stole a bike(s).

    He died of natural causes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Centurion_ View Post
    Only...he didn't die because he stole a bike(s). Nobody killed him because he stole a bike(s).

    He died of natural causes.
    Not according to some.
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    Quote Originally Posted by motochick View Post
    He stole bikes as a way of life. He ONLY got caught and convicted 3 times. He ONLY served 4 tiny years after getting caught twice before! The ONLY reason he isn't still stealing bikes, is, well.......
    What kind of punishment did he deserve?
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    He stole bikes as a way of life. He ONLY got caught and convicted 3 times. He ONLY served 4 tiny years after getting caught twice before! The ONLY reason he isn't still stealing bikes, is, well.......

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    Originally Posted by Centurion
    He died of natural causes.
    Quote Originally Posted by Casual Observer View Post
    Not according to some.
    Just reread the thread. Am I missing something? The only info I've read is that..."he died of natural causes, probably a heart attack."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Centurion_ View Post
    Just reread the thread. Am I missing something? The only info I've read is that..."he died of natural causes, probably a heart attack."
    Some feel he deserved to die because he stole bikes.
    Nobody gives a s#$t you singlespeed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Centurion_ View Post
    Just reread the thread. Am I missing something? The only info I've read is that..."he died of natural causes, probably a heart attack."
    C:

    Be careful when trying to read CO's posts, everything he says is sarcastic, he will come up with some of the most stupid replies to many posters POV. Your life experience has been totally different than his so understanding where he is coming from is difficult unless you understand his sarcastic nature.

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    Quote Originally Posted by traildoc View Post
    C:

    Be careful when trying to read CO's posts, everything he says is sarcastic, he will come up with some of the most stupid replies to many posters POV. Your life experience has been totally different than his so understanding where he is coming from is difficult unless you understand his sarcastic nature.

    TD
    Happy NY TD. (And you don't' know the first thing about my "life experience" so don't assume you know where I am coming from. K?)
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    Understood, TD. I often utilize sarcasm and irony myself, but I usually try not to change the facts of the issue I'm addressing. Guess that's why I missed it.

    At any rate, Happy New Year, John. I hope 2012 is a good one for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casual Observer View Post
    Happy NY TD. (And you don't' know the first thing about my "life experience" so don't assume you know where I am coming from. K?)
    Come on CO you can do better than that. Hopefully Happy New Year Back to You and the rest of the Mountain Bike Community in MTBR Land. Thanks to all who have provided many hours of entertainment and enlightenment on the Arizonia Family Forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casual Observer View Post
    Been waiting all day for Mike to respond. Didn't disappoint.
    Glad I could enlighten your day.

    Quote Originally Posted by Silver_Slug View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Casual Observer View Post
    Nobody deserves to die because they stole a bike. There, I said it.
    I don't have any problem with dead thieves. Except for some rare circumstances I don't care what they stole or why they stole it. There's no place in society for their ilk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buggy View Post
    He obviously suffered, so quick to judge before walking in his shoes.
    Sounds like maybe God did the judging? Maybe God knew he hadn't reformed and decided it was time to take him out?

    Most likely though, it was probably bidOmike's fault for holding him down and shooting him full of meth and pouring alcohol down his throat. Shame on him

    After all, what is the chance that the guy did all that crap to himself.

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    May he as well as all bike thiefs burn in Hell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RBrady View Post
    May he as well as all bike thiefs burn in Hell.
    He might have went to this place:

    Guy gets to Hell, and he sees nothing but gorgeous women sitting around on beer kegs, so he rushes right in.

    He's dancing around all happy, when another bloke say's "I don't know what you're so happy about? All the kegs have holes in the bottom and the women don't"

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    Wow, still cant believe the hate and the judgement of someone who obviously led an addicted and conflicted life.

    Hopefully BigOmike never suffers with addiction or any other demons....and a bike thieve is just a thieve...just cause he stole a bike don't make him any worse for what he do...

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    lets not sugar coat it just because he died. The dude was a dick and now he died. Everyone carry-on, one less reason to worry about your bike about....
    and the lurker returns to the dark corner

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buggy View Post
    Wow, still cant believe the hate and the judgement of someone who obviously led an addicted and conflicted life.

    Hopefully BigOmike never suffers with addiction or any other demons....and a bike thieve is just a thieve...just cause he stole a bike don't make him any worse for what he do...
    And to me, thieves in particular are scum. Not quite in the realm of murderers or rapists, but scum nonetheless.

    Things he did were HIS choices. He could have sought help, and he could have chose not to be a scumbag.

    Some people choose to be scumbags and just are. Not everyone has an excuse like "my dad drank" "my mom was a whore" etc, etc. Everyone wants to blame someone else for their behavior. Many times a persons behavior is just that "their personal behavior".

    Lets not hold anyone accountable anymore, there always has to be a reason that it wasn't their fault.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ttocs View Post
    lets not sugar coat it just because he died. The dude was a dick and now he died. Everyone carry-on, one less reason to worry about your bike about....
    Did you know him personally? How do you know he was a dick?

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    Never heard of him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buggy View Post
    Did you know him personally? How do you know he was a dick?
    Some guy walks up, punches you in the face, kicks the crap out of you and takes your wallet.

    But hey, did you know him personally? How do you know he's a dick?

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    Quote Originally Posted by twowheelsdown2002 View Post
    And to me, thieves in particular are scum. Not quite in the realm of murderers or rapists, but scum nonetheless.

    Things he did were HIS choices. He could have sought help, and he could have chose not to be a scumbag.

    Some people choose to be scumbags and just are. Not everyone has an excuse like "my dad drank" "my mom was a whore" etc, etc. Everyone wants to blame someone else for their behavior. Many times a persons behavior is just that "their personal behavior".

    Lets not hold anyone accountable anymore, there always has to be a reason that it wasn't their fault.
    did I ever say not to hold him accountable, did I....DID I?????? I said that he probably suffered enough for the lifestyle choices he made.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twowheelsdown2002 View Post
    Some guy walks up, punches you in the face, kicks the crap out of you and takes your wallet.

    But hey, did you know him personally? How do you know he's a dick?
    one in every crowd

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buggy View Post
    Wow, still cant believe the hate and the judgement of someone who obviously led an addicted and conflicted life.

    Hopefully BigOmike never suffers with addiction or any other demons....and a bike thieve is just a thieve...just cause he stole a bike don't make him any worse for what he do...
    It's probably a good thing he neve broke into my house. If he had the authorities would have been the least of his worries. it's def a better world with forgiving people in it like yourself Buggy. Remember opinions are like aszholes. Everyone has one

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buggy View Post
    one in every crowd
    Go buy the guy some flowers to put on his grave then.

    Pass around a "Miss You" card around the cycling community and get some signatures.

    Should make his day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buggy View Post
    Hopefully BigOmike never suffers with addiction or any other demons....
    I choose not to make myself suffer with an addiction. See there? Personal choice. It's a wonderful thing but something no one want to have to answer to. James Clayton CHOSE to be scumbag.

    Quote Originally Posted by Buggy View Post
    and a bike thieve is just a thieve...just cause he stole a bike don't make him any worse for what he do...
    Almost sounds as though you are saying just cause he stole a bike don't make him a bike thief.

    Quote Originally Posted by twowheelsdown2002 View Post
    Some people choose to be scumbags and just are. Not everyone has an excuse like "my dad drank" "my mom was a whore" etc, etc. Everyone wants to blame someone else for their behavior. Many times a persons behavior is just that "their personal behavior".
    Those aren't excuses for anything. Those are simply experiences. What you do while suffering through them and after is all that matters. This guy, whatever his "excuse" was a thief.

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    Quote Originally Posted by big0mike View Post
    This guy, whatever his "excuse" was a thief.
    WAS, being the key word.

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